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NEBOSH City and Guilds

As a safety officer or safety manager, you probably, though not necessarily, already hold the NEBOSH Certificate and are now considering routes to achieve Chartered Membership of the Institute of Safety and Health (CMIOSH status). In this safety certification guide RoSPA experts have outlined the pros and cons of the two key courses for safety officers - the NEBOSH Diploma and the NVQ level 5 in Occupational Health & Safety – so that you can choose which is the right route to CMIOSH status for you.

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From safety supervisor, safety officer or safety manager to chartered safety professional: your guide to the options available.

Safety training course: NEBOSH Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health NVQ Level 5 Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health
Aimed at:
  • Safety supervisors
  • Safety officers
  • Safety managers
  • Safety supervisors
  • Safety officers
  • Safety managers
Study mode: Primarily classroom based, with additional home study expected.
  • Unit A taught over three weeks (15 days)
  • Unit B taught over two weeks (10 days)
  • Unit C taught over two weeks (10 days)
Combined total of 35 days classroom study
A vocational qualification, therefore work-based.
The pace depends on the candidate.
Assessment: Units A, B and C are each assessed by a three hour written exam. Unit D is an 8,000 word review of the health and safety performance of an organisation. A portfolio of evidence is submitted using RoSPA’s online system. This portfolio is assessed against the required competencies, all of which must be demonstrated.
Duration: The four units can be taken in any order over a five-year period. The qualification must be completed within three years, though technically it is possible to complete it within four months.
Cost: £4,950 + VAT £1,795 + VAT
Pros:
  • An academic, degree level qualification.
  • Highly regarded and sought after by employers.
  • Gives an understanding of a broad range of issues, therefore provides a transferable knowledge base that is applicable across industry sectors and job roles.
  • Can be taken at a pace to suit the candidate, up to a maximum of five years.
  • Work based, therefore easier to combine with daily tasks.
  • There are no exams so candidates who know that they do not perform well under pressure may find this advantageous.
  • Flexible pace, ranging from four months to three years.
Cons:
  • Employers must be convinced of the business benefits as the time away from work and cost of the course represents a considerable investment.
  • The rigorous nature of the course requires a high degree of commitment from the candidate.
  • Rewards competencies within the current work situation, therefore only really suitable for safety supervisors, managers etc. who are currently in the right role and arguably less transferable to future roles and organisations.
End result: GradIOSH status (Graduate Membership of the Institution of Safety and Health); meaning holders meet the academic requirements of Chartered status (CMIOSH) but are undergoing professional development. GradIOSH status (Graduate Membership of the Institution of Safety and Health); meaning holders meet the academic requirements of Chartered status (CMIOSH) but are undergoing professional development.
Next step: In order to achieve CMIOSH status, holders of the Safety Diploma must submit a mini-portfolio of evidence from their current job role. To achieve CMIOSH status, NVQ holders must take an open book NEBOSH Diploma exam over a period of two weeks.

If you are still unsure as to whether the NEBOSH Diploma or the NVQ will best help you to achieve CMIOSH status, then our training advisers are on hand to advise, either by phone or by email.

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